After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, meals should be as stress free as possible. Well, these eight post-New Year meal options offer a warm, comforting, no-fuss menu to start 2015 off right…

1. Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchiladas

You won’t even notice the meat lacking in this hearty, spicy vegetarian casserole. These layered enchiladas are overflowing with sweet potatoes, black beans, whole tomatoes, sweet corn, scallions, garlic, zesty cheddar, and Mexican spices—all wrapped in Gluten-free corn tortillas (or flour if you prefer).


Source: Real Simple


2. Butternut Macaroni & Cheese

When it comes to casserole comfort, this creamy, buttery sweet pasta bake will wrap you up in a warm, delicious hug with every single forkful. All it takes is a few basic ingredients—like a few teaspoons of olive oil, a large butternut squash, elbow macaroni, a dollop of butter, a dusting of flour, and a creamy sauce made with milk, cheddar cheese, and tangy Parmesan.


Source: BBC Good Food

3. Prized Family Meat Loaf

Ready faster than you can shake a bottle of Worcestershire sauce (or even say the word “Wor-ces-ter-shire” for that matter) this quick and easy meat loaf will quickly become a family favorite. Featuring many forms of meat—such as bacon, ground beef, ground pork, and ground veal—plus breadcrumbs, brown sugar, soy sauce, crispy onion bits, garlic, celery, and of course, ketchup! You can serve thick slices with creamy mashed potatoes and vegetables and then slice it up for sandwiches all week long.


Source: Country Living

4. Crock Pot White Bean Chicken Chili

Not only is this hearty white bean-based chili easy on time and money—it’s easy on your waistline as well! Filled with nutritious goodness from boneless chicken breast (white meat only), chicken broth, Northern beans, frozen corn, spicy, chilies, canned tomatoes, and garlic powder. Garnish with fresh cilantro and low fat sour cream (or plain yogurt).

white bean chili

Source: Dashing Dish

5. Leek, Potato, and Spinach Stew

Only one pot? No big deal if you brew up a frothy batch of this light and fragrant stew. Keep it pure vegetarian with fresh leeks, chunks of potatoes, fresh garlic, and spinach. Or add in some spice and extra protein with lean Italian turkey sausage. Serve up steaming bowls alongside crusty whole-wheat baguette or buns smeared with olive oil and creamy goat cheese.




6. Shepherd’s Pie Potato

Why dirty the casserole dish when you can simply slice a baked potato and load it with the goodness of shepherd’s pie? Warm and filling, bake or microwave 6 unpeeled Russet potatoes. Slice and load up with skillet ground beef or chicken; frozen peas, carrots, and corn; butter; garlic, and spices. Before you know it, dinner is ready for the whole family…minus the dish duty!


Source: Heat Oven to 350

7. Chipotle Sloppy Joes

For a comfort food that really whisks me back to childhood, these classic Chipotle sloppy Joe’s are the bomb—quite literally. You will need plenty of napkins to mop the saucy beefy-tomato sauce from your hands, face, and lap. But it won’t matter once you sink your teeth into this smoky-spicy, satisfying sandwich that eats like a meal. Serve atop crusty buns with a side of mashed potatoes, homemade coleslaw, or steamed corn on the cob!



8. One-Skillet Chicken Pot Pie

You no longer have to depend on frozen, cardboard-like chicken pot pies from the grocery store! No, this one-skillet chicken pot pie recipe requires no-fuss with crust! Simply fill a skillet with a creamy mixture of tender chicken, corn, carrots, peas, and a creamy sauce made with chicken stock, milk, Parmesan cheese, and butter. The cheesy drop biscuits on top will absorb the creamy sauce as the whole concoction bakes in the oven until golden brown on top.




Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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